ST bags financial journalist award for 4th year running - Oct 05, 2007 (ST)

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ST bags financial journalist award for 4th year running

The awards were given out at the annual Securities Investors Association of Singapore awards for financial reporting.

By Alvin Foo
Oct 05, 2007
The Straits Times

THE Straits Times won big by clinching the main prize at the Securities Investors Association of Singapore (Sias) business journalism awards for an unprecedented fourth straight year.

The accolade was given out last night at the annual awards for financial reporting run by the investor watchdog.

Senior correspondent Lorna Tan, 42, was named financial journalist of the year, in a joint award with Business Times' senior correspondent Michelle Quah, 32, at a gala dinner at Raffles City.

WINNERS: ST property reporter Fiona Chan (centre) was named most promising journalist while senior correspondent Lorna Tan (left), bagged financial journalist of the year jointly with Business Times' senior correspondent Michelle Quah (right).

Ms Tan follows in the footsteps of Straits Times' senior correspondent Goh Eng Yeow, who won last year, and assistant money editor Lee Su Shyan, who clinched the award in 2004 and 2005.

Straits Times property reporter Fiona Chan, 25, was named the most promising journalist of the year. The prize for best financial story of the year went to Today correspondent Christie Loh, 27.

The Sias awards have recognised the best business journalism each year since 2001. They are open to print and broadcast journalists here and aim to encourage journalists to write articles that will be useful to retail investors.

Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) was also among the winners in the corporate categories. It clinched the Most Transparent Company prize in the non-electronics manufacturing category and a Singapore Corporate Governance merit award among companies listed on the Singapore Exchange's mainboard.

Commenting on Ms Tan's win, Straits Times' Money Desk editor Ignatius Low said: 'Lorna's scoops in the insurance area have made an impact on the transparency of returns on whole life policies and suitability of some endowment plans for older customers.'

The award was a timely present as she celebrates her birthday on Sunday. Said Ms Tan, who has been with the paper since 2000: 'I try my best to write stories that can inform, influence and even inspire.'

Ms Chan attributed her win to 'being in the right place at the right time', as she started work in 2005, when the property boom began.

The prizes for the award winners included $16,000 worth of SingTel hello! store vouchers, Sincere watches and air tickets to Sydney and Amsterdam.